We have been working for a while on some new OPEN clothing. For a while is somehow not the right expression!!! Sometimes in this process I had the feeling, that it is more challenging to produce and deliver a new piece of equipment, than to produce a new bike model. But once you have the stuff in your hands you somehow forget how hard work it was.
We have worked with 2 different suppliers in order to offer you two different price and quality levels:
We have partnered up with Assos a while ago. Their Werksmannschaft has done 2 Cape Epic events on our OPEN 1.0. The result was a couple of podium finishes of their team members and even more important the start of a good partnership. When it comes to product philosophy we have a lot in common. Obviously we are both Swiss based companies but that's not what makes a huge difference. I personally think it is the desire to innovate and to produce the best possible product without compromising. Here comes a a small gallery that shows the love and passion that they put into the packaging of the Assos-OPEN rally short (if the packaging is so technical and nicely designed hard to imagine how much time they spend on the clothing!).
When you have that box in your hand you do not want to throw it away. I am not a collector at all and try to get rid of any unnecessary stuff but I just can not throw this empty box away...
Castelli is also a long term partner of us. Gerard has worked closely with them during the “Cervélo times“. Our last performance clothing line has been produced with them. We have made some changes to the design and most important there are some new socks. I call them the “Gerard Vroomen Signature Edition”. You might remember there was a battle between Gerard and me on the last Castelli sock production. Last time it was about the sock length and Gerard surprisingly won it by a very close margin. I mean I am the sales guy, I was just too honest and sold his sock design also. I could have easily manipulated the results…. This time its about good taste. Don't disappoint me and go with the Assos socks….
All the product pictures, pricing and availability you get in my next blog early next week.
And yes, if your local OPEN partner can not offer you those items we can ship worldwide...Go sponsor yourself !